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Five Nut Pesto Sauce
Giovanna's Five Nut Pesto Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 1 pound short pasta like fusilli or penne
  • 1 cup fresh basil packed
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley packed
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese plus additional for sprinkling on top
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus additional as needed
  1. Get a large pot of water on the stove to boil and salt it generously. Cook the pasta in it until tender for about 8-10 minutes. While the water comes to a boil and the pasta cooks, make the easy pesto sauce. Combine the basil, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, garlic, parsley, two cheeses, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse it all together until it is finely ground. Slowly pour in the olive oil until it becomes a creamy paste. If it is too thick, pulse in more olive oil until it is to your desired consistency.
  2. The pasta should be done at this point. Drain it and transfer it to a large, pretty pasta bowl. Toss it with the pesto sauce thoroughly. Serve it immediately family style with additional grated pecorino romano cheese to sprinkle on top! Enjoy!